Zach Halmstad founded Jamf in 2002, driven by his experience as a student and IT professional at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. There, he noted the absence of technologies to manage hundreds of Mac computers and knew he could solve the problem for universities and any organization utilizing Mac devices. In 2003, he was joined by Chip Pearson and together they built Jamf with a mission to help organizations of all sizes to succeed with the Apple platform. As former Apple systems administrators and devout Apple users, they understood well both the challenges and opportunities of the Apple environment and focused their new business on providing products centered around the user experience.
Summit partnered with the Jamf team in 2013 as the company’s lead investor and invested again in 2016. Over the course of the last seven years, we’ve collaborated closely with the Jamf team to help accelerate the company’s growth, including scaling the organization with key c-level hires, facilitating key strategic partnerships, providing strategic and analytical support as the company transitioned to a recurring revenue business model, and supporting the development and introduction of Jamf Now. (More on that here)
The timeline below follows the Jamf Journey from its roots in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to its Nasdaq IPO in July 2020.